Buccaneers free agency rumors: Dekoda Watson leaves, Steve Smith comes in?

Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

The free agency rumor mill never ceases churning. Dekoda Watson is set to leave the Bucs, while Steve Smith is linked to them.

Dekoda Watson is going to leave the Tampa Bay BuccaneersPro Football Talk reports. The linebacker was a seventh-round pick in 2010 and has been a special teams demon with the Bucs, occasionally getting a short-lived shot at a starting job at strongside linebacker.

Watson is a tremendous athlete and has the potential to be a pretty good player, but never quite put it together. The guess is that he'd be a better fit on a 3-4 team, where he could use some of his speed and agility as a pass-rusher.

As for Steve Smith, the Bucs would be a good fit for the current Carolina Panthers receiver, per Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Smith is a Panther for now, but he's expected to be cut. Smith is making $7 million this season, which is simply too much for an old, over-the-hill receiver. Still, Smith may no longer be the player who once terrorized the Bucs, but he would still represent an upgrade as the team's third receiver.

Besides, this wouldn't be the first time Smith's demise wasn't quite a demise: he managed just 554 yards in 2010, before bouncing back with back-to-back 1,100+-receiving-yard-seasons.

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